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RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

PROCEDURAL RULES 1 TO 34

Rule 20. Copy of Opinion; Nonprecedential Status of Orders.

(1) In each case, the clerk of the supreme court shall distribute without charge to counsel of record for each party one copy of the opinion filed by the court and of the order made.

        (2)  Non-precedential Status of Orders.  An order disposing of any case that has been briefed but in which no opinion is issued, whether or not oral argument has been held, shall have no precedential value, but it may, nevertheless, be cited or referenced in pleadings or rulings in any court in this state, so long as it is identified as a non-precedential order. Such non-precedential orders may be cited and shall be controlling with respect to issues of claim preclusion, law of the case and similar issues involving the parties or facts of the case in which the order was issued.  See also Rule 12-D(3). All citations to non-precedential orders shall identify the court, docket number and date.

(3) Citations to Supreme Court of the United States cases that cannot be made to the official United States Reports or to the Supreme Court Reporter shall include the month, day, date and year of decision or a reference to United States Law Week.  Citations to other federal decisions not presently reported shall identify the court, docket number, and date.

Citations to the decisions of this court may be to the New Hampshire Reports only, except as provided in (2) above. Citations to the other State court decisions may either be: (a) to the official report and to the West Reporter system, with the year of decision; or (b) to the West Reporter only, in which case the citation should identify the State court by name or level, and should mention the year of decision.

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